Founding Fathers and Pre-Civil War Presidents Photo Gallery and related media
Founding Fathers and Pre-Civil War Presidents
Presidents: Martin Van Buren
The 8th President of the United States
Related Photo Galleries (10)
Founding Fathers and Pre-Civil War Presidents
Founding Fathers and Pre-Civil War Presidents(15 Photos)
View an image slideshow on Founding Fathers and Pre-Civil War Presidents.
Civil War to Great Depression Presidents
Civil War to Great Depression Presidents(15 Photos)
View an image slideshow on Presidents from Reconstruction to the Great Depression.
Presidents: World War II to Today's Presidents
Presidents: World War II to Today's Presidents(13 Photos)
View an image slideshow on Presidents from World War II to Today.
John Tyler(6 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of John Tyler
Millard Fillmore(8 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of Millard Fillmore.
James Madison(10 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of James Madison.
James Monroe(8 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of James Monroe.
John Adams(7 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of John Adams.
Related Videos (10)
Presidential Fun Facts
Presidential Fun FactsVideo Clip (1:21)
Video Clip (1:21)
The Oval Office has been filled with extraordinary presidents, but did you know about these not-so-famous firsts?
Johnson Takes Oath of Office Aboard Air Force One
Johnson Takes Oath of Office Aboard Air Force OneVideo Clip (0:34)
Video Clip (0:34)
Following the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as president of the United States aboard Air Force One before the plane leaves Dallas for Washington, D.C.
Declaration of Independence
Declaration of IndependenceVideo Clip (3:49)
Video Clip (3:49)
To many in the Continental Congress, war was unthinkable. So why did they finally create this revolutionary document?
Thomas Jefferson's Family
Thomas Jefferson's FamilyVideo Clip (4:02)
Video Clip (4:02)
Thomas Jefferson marries Martha Wales Skelton in 1772 and builds a family at Monticello.
Jefferson's Pursuit of Knowledge
Jefferson's Pursuit of KnowledgeVideo Clip (3:09)
Video Clip (3:09)
As a young man in Virginia, Thomas Jefferson pursues an education based on the ideals of the Enlightenment.
Washington's Surprise Attack on Trenton
Washington's Surprise Attack on TrentonVideo Clip (1:40)
Video Clip (1:40)
By Christmas, 1777, in desperate need of a victory, Washington defies military convention with a nighttime assault in the dead of winter.
Jefferson and the Continental Congress
Jefferson and the Continental CongressVideo Clip (3:33)
Video Clip (3:33)
Over 17 days, Thomas Jefferson writes what will become the mission statement for a revolution and a new nation: the Declaration of Independence.
Jefferson Challenges the King
Jefferson Challenges the KingVideo Clip (2:21)
Video Clip (2:21)
Thomas Jefferson is known for penning The Declaration of Independence, but some of his earlier writings establish the pattern of challenging the British monarchy.
Thomas Jefferson Meets John Adams
Thomas Jefferson Meets John AdamsVideo Clip (2:59)
Video Clip (2:59)
An unlikely pair whose tumultuous friendship lasted half a century, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826, 50 years after signing the Declaration of Independence.
History of the Fourth of July
History of the Fourth of JulyVideo Clip (2:44)
Video Clip (2:44)
Discover how and when Americans celebrated Independence Day in the past. Although Benjamin Franklin thought we'd celebrate the 2nd of July; the 4th of July is closest to our hearts.
Related Speeches & Audio (10)
Franklin D. Roosevelt Accepts Fourth Term Nomination
Franklin D. Roosevelt Accepts Fourth Term NominationAudio Clip (2:08)
Audio Clip (2:08)
Broadcast from a Pacific coast naval base to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois, on July 20, 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt accepts his party’s nomination for an unprecedented fourth presidential bid and speaks about postwar preparations now that victory is close at hand.
Obama's Inaugural Address
Obama's Inaugural AddressAudio Clip (2:16)
Audio Clip (2:16)
On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States and the nation's first African-American president. In his inaugural address, he reminds Americans that he is taking office "in the midst of crisis" but offers hope in meeting the challenge.
Johnson Introduces "Great Society"
Johnson Introduces "Great Society"Audio Clip (2:54)
Audio Clip (2:54)
In a speech presented at the University of Michigan on May 22, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson outlines his vision of a "Great Society," which includes the ideas that will later become programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Head Start.
Roosevelt Elected to Third Term
Roosevelt Elected to Third TermAudio Clip (1:30)
Audio Clip (1:30)
From WGN Chicago on November 7, 1940, news reporter Fulton Lewis Jr. details the historic third-term election of Franklin D. Roosevelt as president of the United States.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's First Inaugural Address
Franklin D. Roosevelt's First Inaugural AddressAudio Clip (3:39)
Audio Clip (3:39)
On March 3, 1933, the newly elected president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, promises a country battered by the Great Depression a renewed prosperity, setting forth plans to put the government to work.
Truman's Inaugural Address
Truman's Inaugural AddressAudio Clip (1:57)
Audio Clip (1:57)
On January 20, 1949, beginning his second term, President Harry Truman denounces communism and presents a program for peace in his inaugural address.
The Eisenhower Doctrine
The Eisenhower DoctrineAudio Clip (1:01)
Audio Clip (1:01)
In order to suppress growing Soviet influence in the Middle East following the Suez Crisis of 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower appears before a joint session of Congress on January 5, 1957, to present a policy that will become known as the Eisenhower Doctrine. It holds that the United States would be authorized to provide military assistance "to secure and protect the territorial integrity" of any nations threatened by international communism.
Eisenhower's Inaugural Address
Eisenhower's Inaugural AddressAudio Clip (5:51)
Audio Clip (5:51)
When Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes the 34th president of the United States on January 20, 1953, his inaugural address lays out a nine-point plan for achieving world peace.
Obama Signs Health Insurance Reform Bill
Obama Signs Health Insurance Reform BillAudio Clip (1:24)
Audio Clip (1:24)
On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama refers to the century-long struggle that has led to the new bill he will sign into law to overhaul the health insurance industry.
Eisenhower Intervenes in Little Rock Crisis
Eisenhower Intervenes in Little Rock CrisisAudio Clip (2:10)
Audio Clip (2:10)
President Dwight D. Eisenhower is forced to take action when nine African-American students are prevented from entering Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. In a broadcast to the nation on September 24, 1957, the president explains his decision to order Federal troops to Little Rock to ensure that the students are allowed access to the school, as mandated by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education.
Most Popular Videos on History.com
Is the U.S. infrastructure past its expiration date?
Experience the turbulent events that ignited the bloodiest, most divisive war this country has known.
Experience for yourself the historical and personal impact of the Civil War.
Keep up with the latest History shows, online features, special offers and more.Sign up